NPL Best Mysteries of 2011
Annotation:Recovering from a gunshot wound, Copenhagen Detective Carl Morck is assigned to cold cases and looks into the disappearance of a politician from a ferry.
Annotation:Meg Lanslow finds her home filled with animals liberated from the local shelter after its no-kill policy is repealed, and then one of the animal rights activists is murdered.
Annotation:During Matthew Scudder’s first year of sobriety, an old friend in AA is gunned down while trying to complete the 12 steps by seeking forgiveness from those he wronged.
Annotation:As police seek a serial killer patterning crimes on Jack the Ripper, one detective begins to suspect a connection to a constable with a mysterious past.
Annotation:In 1933, Lady Georgie is sent by the Queen to retrieve a stolen snuffbox on the French Riviera, where she ends up modeling for Coco Chanel and being arrested as a murder suspect.
Annotation:The only woman on a murder squad investigating a serial killer who burns his victims bodies is assigned to look into the background of the latest victim who doesn’t quite fit the profile.
Annotation:LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is puzzled when DNA links a 1989 rape case to a sex offender who was only 8 years old at the time. Meanwhile, a city councilman insists that Bosch investigate his son’s apparent suicide.
Annotation:A Thai crime reporter reluctantly leaves the big city when her mother buys a rural resort, but her mood improves when two skeletons are found buried in a VW bus on a nearby farm.
Annotation:As Benni Harper organizes an oral history project for the Memory Festival, the town is disrupted by a sniper which triggers flashbacks in Benni’s Vietnam veteran husband.
Annotation:A former jockey turned financial advisor is shocked when a colleague is gunned down next to him at the Grand National, and he discovers a threatening note and some financial irregularities that may point to a motive.
Annotation:Kinsey Millhone ends up with a broken nose and two black eyes when she tries to stop a shoplifter who later dies in a suspicious suicide.
Annotation:On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, PI Alex McKnight is asked by a police chief who dislikes him to help his friend find out why his son apparently killed himself.
Annotation:A woodcutter’s son who became a successful entrepreneur loses everything when he’s convicted of fraud and child pornography and plots revenge on whoever framed him.
Annotation:The governor of Washington State asks J.P. Beaumont for help when a video of a girl being strangled is sent to her grandson’s cellphone.
Annotation:In Copenhagen, a nurse is asked by an estranged friend to pick up a suitcase from a train station locker, where she finds a drugged boy who doesn’t speak Danish and is being hunted for unknown reasons.
Annotation:During a houseboat vacation on Lake of the Woods, Cork O’Connor and his daughter are stranded on an island where they discover a dead girl and a live baby and find themselves hunted throughout the Northwest Angle.
Annotation:A disillusioned MI5 agent becomes a vicar in an English village and helps the local police when a bossy woman is poisoned during the Harvest Fayre.
Annotation:As an aging Kurt Wallender worries about becoming more forgetful, he finds himself entangled in a case involving Cold War intrigue when a retired naval officer disappears after telling him about a submarine incident in Swedish waters in 1980.
Annotation:DI Alex Morrow discovers a connection between the savage beating death of a woman found with a large stash of cash and the suicide of a disgraced financier.
Annotation:After opening a successful exhibit at a Montreal museum, an artist finds a body in her garden and Chief Inspector Gamache is called in to investigate.
Annotation:Eve Dallas is forced to return to her hometown when a pedophile she caught years ago escapes from Rikers and taunts her by taking a new victim hostage in Dallas.
Annotation:PI Lydia Chin and her partner Bill Smith are hired by an art collector to find out about rumored new works by a subversive Chinese artist who was killed 20 years ago in Tiananmen Square.
Annotation:In 1545 as England prepares for war with France, the Queen asks Matthew Shardlake to look into a wrong done to a ward of the court which may be linked to the incarceration of a woman in Bedlam.
Annotation:When a dying man who served 20 years for murdering a girl claims he was coerced to confess, DCI Monika Paniatowski tries to discover the truth and clear the name of her old boss, Charlie Woodend, who conducted the original investigation.
Annotation:Kate Shugak’s elderly uncle dies and leaves behind a cryptic letter reading “Find My Father”—a man who disappeared long ago with a priceless icon—sending Kate on a search pursued by dangerous adversaries.
Annotation:Botswana Detective Bengu tries to determine whether three Bushmen found standing around a dying Park Ranger in the Kalahari were responsible for his death.
Annotation:Helsinki Detective Kari Vaara deals with family matters along with two complicated cases involving the murder of a Russian businessman’s wife and the possibility that a Finnish war hero was really a collaborator.
Annotation:Former NYPD Detective Dave Gurney’s attempts to retire are once again interrupted when he’s asked to look into the case of a bride beheaded at her wedding reception.